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Akamai versus Tencent Cloud

Easily compare Akamai and Tencent Cloud for POP locations, products, pricing, features & support. We hope this helps you better understand the similarities and differences between these content delivery networks.

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Company

Company Akamai Tencent Cloud
Short profile Akamai is one of the oldest CDNs and generally considered to be the largest global CDN. They have 'servers everywhere' and a wide range of products and services. The company is actively involved in Let's Encrypt and is pushing HTTP/2 adoption. Tencent Cloud is a leading global CDN that has resources distributed in 50+ countries and the highest service volume of all CDNs in Asia. It has a massive network with 1,100+ nodes in mainland China, extending beyond major ISPs to more than a dozen local providers.

Products

  • Yes = Yes
  • Sortof/partially = Sort of/partially
  • No = No
  • Unknown = Unknown
Product Akamai Tencent Cloud
Dynamic content deliveryNon-cacheable content delivery. User login, shopping cart ... Yes Dynamic Site Accelerator Yes ECDN (Enterprise CDN)
Small file deliveryStatic object delivery; caching of small files (file size <1 MB) Yes Ion Yes CDN
Large file deliveryStatic object delivery; caching of large files (file size >1 MB) Yes Download Delivery Yes CDN
Live videoDelivery of live video. RTMP? Transcoding/transmuxing? Yes Adaptive Media Delivery Yes LVB (Live Video Broadcast )
Video on demandDelivery of on demand video Yes Yes VOD
Image OptimizationAutomatic image transformation/compression/optimization Yes Image & Video Manager No
DNSAuthoritative DNS for customer domain Yes Edge DNS Yes DNSpod
WAFWeb Application Firewall Yes Web Application Protector Yes WAF
Anti-DDoSDDoS attack protection. Specific product(s) for this. Yes Kona DDoS Defender Yes Anti-DDoS Advanced
tooltip Anti-DDoS Pro also available
Private CDNDedicated edge resources & custom configs Unknown No
Edge ComputeRun your code on CDN edge servers Yes EdgeWorkers Sortof/partially Serverless Cloud Function

Network

Region Akamai Tencent Cloud
North America Unknown 11
Latin America Unknown 2
Europe Unknown 6
Russia & CIS Unknown 1
Asia excl. China Unknown 21
China Unknown 1100
Oceania Unknown 1
Middle-East Unknown 4
Africa Unknown 1

Pricing

Pricing & contract duration Akamai Tencent Cloud
Minimum contract term 12 months None
Minimum monthly costs Unknown None
Requests costsCustomers pay for client to CDN requests Unknown None
Ingress costsCustomers pay for origin-to-CDN bytes transferred Unknown None
NA/EU traffic (low volume) Unknown $0.055 per GB
APAC traffic (low volume) Unknown $0.081 - $0.12 per GB (varies per region)
LATAM traffic (low volume) Unknown $0.12 per GB

Features

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  • Sortof/partially = Sort of/partially
  • No = No
  • Extra costs = Extra costs
  • Unknown = Unknown
Web acceleration Akamai Tencent Cloud
Instant setupSign up, configure, start testing. No Can't sign up and get started. Must talk to sales. Yes Self-service, credit card required
Change propagation delayHow fast do config changes propagate to all POPs? Unknown Sortof/partially 5 minutes
Apex/root domain OK Blog: Root domain on CDN and performanceNo performance degradation when using http(s)://domain.com Extra costs If you also use their Fast DNS for your domain Sortof/partially Use DNSPod for DNS
HTTP/2 Yes Yes
IPv6Do the edge servers have IPv6? Unknown Unknown
Compression CDN Guide: CompressionReduce file size for faster delivery Yes Resend from origin, or compress on edge Yes Resend from origin, or compress on edge
tooltip Fetch compressed or uncompressed from origin (configurable)
Origin pull - protocolHTTP only or HTTPS possible too? Yes HTTP and HTTPS Yes HTTP, HTTPS, match protocol
Origin pull - Host headerUse client > edge value? Set specific value? Unknown Yes Can be IP address or hostname
tooltip Can be same host as in client-to-CDN requests
Origin ShieldOne POP pulls from origin, other POPs pull from the shield POP Unknown Sortof/partially Custom implementation by Tencent DevOps team
Push / uploadStore your content directly on CDN, no customer origin Unknown Yes Cloud Object Storage with free tier. Upload in the portal or via API
Cache control - CDN caching Unknown Yes Full and granular control
Cache control - client caching Unknown Yes Full and granular control
Serve Stale CDN Guide: Serve StaleCDN serves cached but expired content in case origin is in trouble Yes Sortof/partially Serve stale if origin sends 5xx
Purge CDN Guide: PurgeInvalidate or delete cached objects on CDN Unknown Sortof/partially 5 minutes
Purge - capabilities Unknown Sortof/partially Purge all, purge by directory
Analytics Unknown Yes Many metrics available in console and via API
Log files Unknown Yes W3C formatted. Available for download in console and via API. Log roll period and delay depends on traffic volume.
API Unknown Yes Purge, configuration, analytics, logs
HTTPS & Content Protection Akamai Tencent Cloud
CDN domain HTTPSUse the CDN's domain, like cloudfront.net Unknown Yes
Customer domain HTTPSYour domain in the CDN's certificate Unknown Yes SNI. First 20 DV certs are free. Wildcard allowed
tooltip TrustAsia is the Certificate Authority
Customer cert HTTPSYour certificate on the CDN Unknown Yes SNI and free. Wildcard allowed.
Token authentication Unknown Yes 4 types of token/URL signing available
Geo blocking Unknown Sortof/partially Not self-service, support is needed
Hotlink protectionThird parties cannot deeplink to your content Unknown Yes Based on Referrer or IP address
Basic authenticationUser logs in on the CDN to get content Unknown No
IP white/blacklisting Unknown Yes Console and API. Block/allow individual IPs and IP ranges

Support

Customer support Akamai Tencent Cloud
Documentation Sortof/partially Yes, but not public Yes Good, extensive and public documentation
Humans Unknown Yes 24/7 support via the console. Multiple VIP support packages are available